Monday, August 20, 2012

Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris {book review}

Charlaine Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse Novels.....I like'em. I got hooked on the tv show True Blood thanks to some of my friends. Lucky for me one friend had all 11 Sookie Stackhouse Novels for me to borrow. I read them all in a very short amount of time, they are quick reads. 

There were a few books in the middle that got a little boring but I read those quick too so I could get to the next book. It is always true what they say that the book are better than the movies/tv shows. 

It seems to me what the tv show did was cram most of the big plot lines from the first few books into the first season of the show, there are now 4 seasons and after reading the books and seeing the things they have changed and added and left out I'm not sure where the shows gonna go. Either way there are beautiful people and I enjoy the show. This post wasn't supposed to be about the tv show but rather and encouragement to read the books, they're fun and sexy.

Since I couldn't find a good synopsis for the books here is a quick one.... Sookie Stackhouse is a southern bell from Louisiana who can read minds. She also has found a world involving vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies and anything else you can think of in the super natural world. There is love and war when you read these books you will be on edge waiting to find out what happens.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Night Circus: Book of the Month

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des RĂªves
The Circus of Dreams.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.

I have had a bit more time to read lately and it was suggested to me by Melanie (a fellow reviewer on the blog) that we should try and bring back the Book of the Month. August has already started, but I thought I would announce the book now and we can then discuss it later in September? Maybe middle of the month say the 15th? 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a book that caught both Melanie and I's attention. If you've already read it great! I can't wait to hear what your thoughts are! If you haven't but are now intrigued grab yourself a copy and join along with us! 

Here is a link to a social networked Night Circus game. I haven't joined because I don't know if I need to read the book first. Here is another link to Erin Morgenstern's web page. 
Happy Reading!! 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer {book review}

UK cover
I am on Twitter!!! (@unitedcakedom) I am stating that because that is how I learned about the existence of this book. I follow Jodi Picoult and she was re-tweeting peoples responses! 

I picked up a copy at my local grocery store, in hard back! It is rare for me to buy a hardback. I love books, but I have to really want it not to wait until it comes out in paperback. 

Just a flip through the book it had my attention. There are pictures! Well drawn pictures! 

I like the idea of the characters of books having their own world (between the lines) after the book closes. The story was handled very well, for such a complex story line. There are so many questions to be asked about the world in the book and I think most of them are answered! What happens when a character in a book wants more? 

I enjoyed reading this book it's labeled as young adult, but I think today there are so many books that sit on the borderline of young adult and adult. I am nearly 30 and I enjoyed it and I think a young person the age of  10 or so would enjoy it as well. 

It was an entertaining light read that I would suggest to anyone who loves fairy tales! 

I have a couple of niggles; I wanted a few more examples of why Delilah and Oliver liked each other. It felt a bit forced, it's one of my gripes about fairy tales in general. Tangled: Rapunzel was locked in a tour for 16 years! Yet she marries the first guy she meets! I know at the end there is the disclaimer when Eugene says "after years and years of asking I finally said yes" so it implies that she didn't marry him the second she got home. But still! Anyway off track again........ where was I? 

My other niggle was after all this build up (not going to spoil it) it just ends. I guess that is a sign of a good story that I didn't want it to end, but I was physically looking for more pages thinking "is that it?" Maybe there is a sequel? I've never know Jodi Picoult to do a sequel, but there is a first for everything! 

To find out more about what this book is about click here

Cupcakes at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown {book review}

Every month a blog I follow hosts a book club, but the books chosen all have to do with food. Particularly baking. It’s very similar to ...